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Re: Calling All Duke 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2010, 13:08
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Last year, Fuqua specifically stated that business casual was okay. I think some people thought that was somewhat of a trick (it was not) and still wore a suit. Some people feel more comfortable in suits, others do not. If the guidelines are the same this year, then do what you feel is more comfortable. You won't look out of place in one, you won't look out of place not in one.

As far as having a rental car, I think it's more a convenience factor. It will likely you cost you the same (could even be cheaper) as a taxi.



ah ic. i am a bit stiff in a suit - i guess i just get nervous because of the perceived environment that comes with a suit. i might just bring it along i guess... The closest airport is about 16 miles to the school so taxi a bit pricey... i prob need a rental. i guess i need to find a really cheap place to stay.
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Re: Calling All Duke 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2010, 13:14
When I flew in from RDU (Raleigh/durham airport), the cab to the Washington Duke cost around $45. When I booked my reservation on Travelocity, it offered a rental car (2 days) for $60. seemed like a no brainer to me, but I'll have to see what other sneaky fees may have been added. I know theres a shuttle from the airport that takes you to campus, but that probably doesn't help if your hotel is off-campus. So you may need a rental car anyway.
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Re: Calling All Duke 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2010, 14:57
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When I flew in from RDU (Raleigh/durham airport), the cab to the Washington Duke cost around $45. When I booked my reservation on Travelocity, it offered a rental car (2 days) for $60. seemed like a no brainer to me, but I'll have to see what other sneaky fees may have been added. I know theres a shuttle from the airport that takes you to campus, but that probably doesn't help if your hotel is off-campus. So you may need a rental car anyway.


This is not a shameless plug, I swear lol, but figure since people were weighing options might as well give my input. I work for SuperShuttle, a ride to Duke (or surrounding hotels) is about $23 from RDU, if you enter code SWVAN online, it gives you another $2 or so off.

Can anyone tell me what the area around Duke is like? I really like the school and its programs, but the thought of living in a somewhat rural environment is putting me off a bit. Unfortunately I will not be able to visit before application deadlines, but am I wrong in thinking it is in the middle of nowhere? Or is there some decent culture/city life around?
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Re: Calling All Duke 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2010, 17:57
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Can anyone tell me what the area around Duke is like? I really like the school and its programs, but the thought of living in a somewhat rural environment is putting me off a bit. Unfortunately I will not be able to visit before application deadlines, but am I wrong in thinking it is in the middle of nowhere? Or is there some decent culture/city life around?

Durham isn't rural, but it isn't urban either. There isn't much night life outside of a few clubs/bars. There is a decent amount of cultural event in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area. You can check out http://www.durham-nc.com/things/ to get a taste. It has very much a college town feel with lots of trees and nature.
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Re: Calling All Duke 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2010, 19:23
Honestly, if you come from a big city where you don't need a car to get around, this place will take some time for adjustment. But of everyone I have met, whether from a big city or small place, they all loved the school. It's so much fun and totally kicks ass, I think everyone should visit/int before you make a decision.
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Re: Calling All Duke 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2010, 22:05
Thanks guys...I was trying to get an idea from people that actually live around there, I did look at the cvb site, but they always make their city look great so hard to tell
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Re: Calling All Duke 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2010, 07:31
I went to the information session in DC yesterday.

The presenter made it sound like applying during the 3rd round more or less precludes you from the acceptance --- apparently, last 2 years, Duke accepted around 5 people from the 3rd round.

So if you are thinking about Duke, better do it during 1st or 2nd.

I felt pretty good about the information session and I think I'm changing my decision to apply during the 2nd round to the 1st round.
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Re: Calling All Duke 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2010, 15:29
Hey. Current first year student here. Thought I'd comment on a couple of the questions in the thread.

As for dress, if they say business casual again this year, you are completely fine in that. I interviewed in a suit but it was about a 50/50 split with more of the finance folks in suits as they felt more. Student interviewers will be dressed that way. It is a really laid back process so you don't need to be formal, but of course you need to act professionally.

As for renting a car, parking isn't necessarily the easiest thing on campus for visitors and consider that to be an additional logistical hurdle to confront during your visit. We have a good sized visitor lot but we also get a lot of visitors so it may be full. If you do have a car you can also pay to park at the Bryan center (student union) a few blocks from Fuqua. Other options besides a taxi are a super shuttle or executive shuttle which are cheaper but take a bit longer to get here.

There is a duke app for iPhone that may help you explore campus a bit easier with a searchable campus map, and other info for your visit. Also Washington Duke is pretty much the only walkable hotel to Fuqua.

Being in town on Friday and attending Fuqua Friday is agreat chance to meet tons of students and experience the atmosphere. But is by no means a must.

By all means fire questions at me on the board or via private message. Happy to help anyway I can.

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Re: Calling All Duke 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2010, 18:40
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As for renting a car, parking isn't necessarily the easiest thing on campus for visitors and consider that to be an additional logistical hurdle to confront during your visit. We have a good sized visitor lot but we also get a lot of visitors so it may be full. If you do have a car you can also pay to park at the Bryan center (student union) a few blocks from Fuqua. Other options besides a taxi are a super shuttle or executive shuttle which are cheaper but take a bit longer to get here.
If you are interviewing on the weekend, you can park at the visitor lot about 20 yards away from the school for free. That entrance is where you'll be greeted and wait for the interview. The visitor lot won't be full, because students can park anywhere with a parking pass on the weekend and tend to park in the back by Fox Center. Personally, I'd rent a car, so that you can drive around can check out the town and/or campus. You can easily find parking around downtown Durham. I'd suggest going to check out Brightleaf Square for food and possibly live outdoor music.
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Re: Calling All Duke (Fuqua) 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2010, 19:01
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Re: Calling All Duke (Fuqua) 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2010, 03:49
Regarding parking, Fuqua will give you a parking pass for the visitor lot, you don't have to pay for parking & if you do the whole day visit with the tour, class visit, lunch, and interview, you will be there early enough to easily find parking in the visitor lot, which is right across the street. I parked there for my interview last year & there was plenty of space.
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Re: Calling All Duke (Fuqua) 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2010, 05:36
guys, i found this on the duke site:
http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/programs/duke ... ation_fee/

Apparently if you go to their info session or campus visit and schedule online you can apply for only 50$!!!!! This is great for the online interview schedulers!

Is this schedule a bit tight?

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Checkin for Interview Interview October 9, 2010 9:00AM - 10:00 AM
Checkin for Tour with lunch Tour with lunch October 9, 2010 11:00AM - 12:00 PM
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Re: Calling All Duke (Fuqua) 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2010, 10:08
Looks about right. My schedule is roughly the same. Interview + lunch + class visit + some paneldiscussion + campus tour. Putting all of that in one day will make things pretty busy. Every event is one after the otter so I'm hoping I'll have time to get from one place to the next and be on time!

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Re: Calling All Duke (Fuqua) 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2010, 16:12
I've decided to apply for R1, count me in!
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Re: Calling All Duke (Fuqua) 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 05:35
does it matter if i do the tour etc. before interview? I mean either way if i say i visited i prob have to say i "just visited" vs "i am gonna visit". I hope it doesnt matter much...
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Re: Calling All Duke (Fuqua) 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 07:06
The interview is the first thing on my agenda. I prefer to get that over with so I'm not stressing during the day. I don't think it matters which comes first, personal preference more or less

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Re: Calling All Duke (Fuqua) 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2010, 18:56
Am in for EA. Done with the first and last essay. I started Essay3 first because I wanted to have an idea about the matter for Essay2 (both essay 2&3 asks for the contribution to Duke)...

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Re: Calling All Duke (Fuqua) 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2010, 06:50
put me down ED for now, Ill reply if it changes.
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Re: Calling All Duke (Fuqua) 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2010, 11:18
Count me in! EA/R1

Duke is right up there on my list of target schools.

What happens to those who apply in EA, get offered a place, pay the deposit and do not join? Does it adversely affect chances at other schools if Duke informs them that an offer has been accepted?
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Re: Calling All Duke (Fuqua) 2011 Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2010, 18:19
Accepting an EA is binding and considered a promise to attend and your ethical duty to fulfill. If you choose to later decline that acceptance, you will not get your deposit but Duke does not blacklist you from other schools. Consider it more than just gaming the system because there are a limited number of EA slots and you are taking someone else's who maybe depending on it for more than just a fall back(VISA, etc.). If you want to test the waters, apply to a school like Tuck whose EA isn't intended to be binding.
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